A microbicide is any compound or substance whose purpose is to reduce the infectivity of microbes, virusesor bacteria. Some products incorporate Nonoxynol-9towards these ends, but its irritating properties may also increase infectivity, thus making it less preferable. Work is currently being done on other compounds to provide safe, non-irritating, cheap and effective microbicides which do not include Nonoxynol-9.
A major push is being made toward development of an anti-HIVmicrobicide which could be produced inexpensively and distributed freely to women in poor countries. This measure is seen as a way to counteract the detrimental effect which culturally-accepted abusive relationships can have on the sexual healthof women.
Categories: Antiseptics| Microbicides
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